Medical Simulation - (PgCert)

About the course

We understand how difficult it can be for busy professionals to develop their knowledge and expertise, and this course recognises this fact.

Each unit combines two or five study days which provide opportunities to engage in a real-life clinical environment and work-related development activities.

Over a three month period, our experienced and supportive course team will help you develop a critical, analytic and reflective stance towards medical and healthcare education, with a particular focus on the use of simulation.

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Medical Simulation - (PgCert) - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study the thinking behind the use of simulation and the ways in which its educational use can be enhanced
  • Explore and rehearse approaches to the use of medical and clinical simulation in our state-of-the-art simulation centre, and tailor assessments inline with professional interests and needs
  • Develop the skills to independently evaluate relevant research, scholarship and practice, and deal with the complexities, contradictions and gaps in the current evidence base
  • Gain a purposeful and professional approach to the design and facilitation of simulated learning scenarios, including an awareness of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct
  • Benefit from a systematic understanding of the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods that may be used in simulated settings, and learn now to selectively and effectively use these in your practice.

The course focuses on a critical approach to simulation and its uses. This is a flexible, blended learning programme designed with the needs of busy medical and healthcare professionals in mind.

The course is composed of the core unit (where you also spend time in the University simulation centre) plus one second optional unit (either Workplace Based Learning or Contemporary Educational Perspectives) and is designed to help you develop a sound theoretical basis to your practice as a medical educator, both within simulation and in your wider role as a clinical educator.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

The PgCert in Medical Simulation is obtained by attending and passing two units:

  • The core unit (Simulation in Practice)

and either:

  • Workplace Based Learning, or
  • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

Both these units shift from a focus on teaching to broader issues of curriculum, educational theory and how these relate to learning and teaching at work.

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using formative and summative elements i.e. assessment for learning and assessment of learning. It is designed to foster strong links between learning on the course and the lived realities of medical, dental and healthcare educators working in higher and professional education contexts.

Entry requirements

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Educators; this means on successful completion you can apply for membership through the ‘fast track’ accredited course route. The course therefore provides a sound basis for evidencing your competence as a medical, dental or healthcare educator and trainer using Simulation.  

The course enables you to adopt a critical stance to your own and others’ educational practice and to propose ways to enhance student and trainee learning experiences. You will rehearse these skills through opportunities for hands-on simulation activities and online work. This course will equip you with the skills and understanding to provide excellent and enjoyable training opportunities using simulation to less-experienced professionals in your field.

Simulation is a much utilised mode of education within all spheres of healthcare. This course will underpin your practice through developing insight and experience of current educational understanding and philosophies whilst critically appraising the assumptions that underpin simulation specifically.
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Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

    Dental Education and Medical Education PgCert

  • UK /EU
  • Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

    Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

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A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.


Putteridge Bury campus

Putteridge Bury is a magnificent country mansion set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. Built in 1911, it is just four miles from the University Square campus on the Hertfordshire - Bedfordshire border. 

It is home to the Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the University’s Conference Centre.

A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and University Square.

Comprehensive Learning Resources Centre

The Putteridge Bury campus has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.

Students based at Putteridge Bury can also benefit from the 200,000 books and specialist texts, 9,000 journals and 300 fully networked PCs that are available at the University Square campus.


Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

Putteridge Bury lies close to the University Square campus, and is a short drive from the London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

How to Apply

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